Food Poisoning and Safe Food Handling - When To Call a Doctor
Call911or other emergency services immediately if:
You have signs of severe dehydration. These
include little or no urine; sunken eyes, no tears, and a dry mouth and tongue;
fast breathing and heartbeat; feeling very dizzy or lightheaded; and not
feeling or acting alert.
You think you may have food poisoning
from a canned food and you have symptoms of botulism (blurred or double vision,
trouble swallowing or breathing, and muscle weakness).
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You are not feeling better after 1
week of home treatment.
If you think you have eaten contaminated food, your local
Poison Control Center can answer questions and provide information on what to
do next. Poison Control Centers are usually listed with other emergency numbers
in your telephone book.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during
which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition
without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting may be appropriate if you
have diarrhea, stomach cramps, and other symptoms of stomach flu (gastroenteritis). You usually recover from these
gastrointestinal illnesses at home in several days without medical treatment.
Likewise, some cases of bacterial food poisoning are mild and pass in several
days. But if diarrhea is severe or persists longer than a week, call your
doctor for advice.
Who To See
Health professionals who are able to diagnose and treat food